Cotswold Floorball League Report - 27th September 2016

The below is a write-up of how the team did in their latest set of matches by Andrew Clough.

The second pool of 'A' Team matches got under way tonight at CCS. The older players of the home team put out a large squad which started slowly, but realised that patient teamwork would win the day. Each of their matches was won by 4-0, all three playing lines playing for each other and having its moments of success. St Davids gave the senior team a very hard time for the first half of their match. With Skye Drinkwater continuing last season's great form in the St Davids goal, it took a fine individual run anf well placed shot from Oliver Gibb to break the deadlock. A free hit awarded just inside their own half, with the offender 'sin binned' led to the best goal of the night. Archie Cullen sent the free hit low and hard to the left the massed defenders, where the unmarked George Moore deflected the ball home. Cullen added a third then James Fallon finished the scoring on the final whistle.

St Catharines also had a goalkeeper in excellent form, Arron Bennett keeping out a flurry of shots, but was unable to stop Alex Albutt, Cullen, Gibb and Charlie Pannell from tucking home the inevitable rebounds. St Caths had some good chances at the other end, but the CCS defence let very little through whilst Joshua Smith had the rare leak covered at all times to earn a shut-out for the night.

St Marys (Broadway) was probably the least experienced team, yet deserved to get more for their efforts. Alex Law was in continual action despite the best efforst of his defence. Albutt opened the scoring against old school, Fallon's brace soon making it 3-0. The Broadway team then forced the ball home, only to have it disallowed for the 'scorer' venturing into the goalkeeper's 'no go' area. CCS pressed forward again, gppd work between Bradley Smith and Samara McPhail forcing Law to make two saves and what appeared to be a good clearance, only for Tiago Alves-Silva to quickly control the loose ball and flick it to the top corner.

St Davids laid claim to the top qualifying spot (but with more matches to play) by defeating their other primary rivals. Ross Harding's hat trick completed a 3-0 win over St Catharines, who got close to scoring a couple of times, but could not get past Drinkwater. Matt Hitchings and Harding each scored twice from a mixture of close free hits and quick breakaways. Ruby Farrell scored the fifth, without reply after a lot of hard work by the entire forward line, to complete the 5-0 win.

The final match was an opportunity for St Marys and St Catharines to craft a win. Louis Hill put the Broadway side ahead, but Joss Robbins levelled for the Campden school. Attacks came from both sides, but neither could get past the keepers. A 1-1 draw seemed to be a fair result.

Next week CCS will host Mickleton, North Cotswold, Shipston and Rissington as the second 'A' Team pool continues.

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